Years later, in 2010, my husband Chris and I were fortunate enough to not only have our own home, but also have enough funds to renovate our old kitchen. When we were designing the kitchen layout, functionality prevailed in every single aspect of our decision making. We cook nearly all of our meals together and aren't afraid to get messy, so we knew that our kitchen needed to be a true workhorse. I thought about my dishwashing days, and the various commercial kitchens I had worked in during my years in food service, and collaborated with my husband to figure out the best possible layout for our kitchen. We initially rejected a bunch of different layouts, but when I proposed a kitchen "peninsula," everything else fell into place.